Michael Gerson / Politics

Negotiating From Weakness

WASHINGTON -- Over the years, President Obama has been criticized and praised -- but mainly praised -- for lacking a driving foreign policy ideology. It seemed to be one of the "childish things" he promised to set aside as he launched his ...

Scott Walker's Cynical Comments

WASHINGTON -- When Scott Walker pronounced himself agnostic about President Obama's patriotism and Christian faith, it must have seemed like a clever formulation. "I've never asked him, so I don't know," he said. And about Obama's Christianity: "...

The Fragility of Life's Greatest Ggift

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- At a health center here, a young woman is in the recovery room after a cesarean section. A nurse takes the newborn to a table for cleanup. We (a group organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies) are ...

A Call for 'Patient Pluralism'

WASHINGTON -- The rapidity of progress by the gay rights movement -- from Stonewall to likely Supreme Court vindication of gay marriage in a historical blink -- is causing a series of social and legal tensions.

It has left some recently evolved ...

Condemning Islam is the Wrong Course

WASHINGTON -- Days after the video appeared of a Jordanian pilot horribly burned to death by an Islamic State death squad, President Obama told the National Prayer Breakfast that all faiths can be "twisted and misused in the name of evil" and that...